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in the kitchen, I said we must give up the guns or we shall be all murdered ;' a gun which was hid in the cellár was fetched and de ivered; they said we must have your men.' I told them they should not have the men, they had shot one; they said 'we will serve you the same if you do not let us have the other man ;' however, they did not commit any further violence, and they went away; after they went we saw several large stones, and found a pike near the door, which had been used to push the door, and there were marks on the door corresponding with the pike."
Samuel Fletcher lived at Pentridge-lane-end on the 9th of June last; he says, “ I and my family went to bed on that night at eleven o'clock; about twelve we were disturbed by a very heavy knocking at the door, I jumped out of bed and ran to the window and opened it, and saw a large concourse of people, thirty or more at that window. I saw many more afterwards at another window; they levelled pieces at my head as soon as I opened the window; there appeared to be five or six guns levelled at my head. I cried “halloo,' they cried 'your arms, your arms, damn your eyes your arms;' I said 'what arms, they said 'you have got two or three guns,'I said I had got but one gun, and I did not know that that was at home; they said if I did not fetch it down and open the door they would blow my brains out, I said ? well, well, let us have time ;' I ran down stairs and up the servant's stairs, (they are in another part of the house), in order to escape if I could, but found that part beset also; then I bid William Shipman give them the gun, on his giving thein the gun they cried 'get you dressed,' accompanied with ‘damn your eyes, we will blow your brains out;' they kept beating the door all the time, one cried come Shipman,' another cried come Billy ;' the man appeared very unwilling to go, he did not dress him in the house, he took his clothes out in his hand; he cried at going, and I told him he must go and make his escape as soon as he could; I said damn them, thou knowest them all, they are all Pentridge and Wingfield men,' I told him to take notice
who they were and what they did, and bring me word ; he returned home on the Tuesday morning when I was not in the house."
Then William Shipman, the servant, says, “I was disturbed on the night of Monday, the 9th of June, about twelve o'clock, by a knocking at the door; I heard voices, one called out, 'Shipman, come with us,' this was Joseph Topham, a Pentridge man; I went to the window, and saw several men in the yard, eleven or twelve; they were armed with guns and spikes; they told me I must go with them; my master came to me; they said, they must have a man and a gun;-I said, there was but one man ;-they said, they knew there were two, and they must have one; they demanded the gun again, and my master said, it would be better for me to fetch the gun and give it to them; I fetched the gun and gave it to them out of the window. Then they told me that I was to come ;-I told them, that I could not go, that there was only me in the house, but they insisted upon having me; my master told me, it would be better for me to go, and mind and tell him all that I could. I took my clothes, and went down stairs and opened the door, and dressed myself at the door : The captain insisted upon my coming; he told me, to make haste and dress' myself, or he would blow my brains out, and clapped the muzzle of a gun towards me. I dressed myself and went with them. When I was at the window they called out for the captain, and he came forward and said, that if I did not make laste and come down, he would blow my brains out. When I had dressed myself they went out of the yard, on to the turnpike road, and then there were several others; they were armed with
We went to some houses there were a little way off. I heard them breaking open houses. We went to a man's of the name of Booth, at Pentridge-lane-end; there they began knocking at the door, and demanded a man and a gun, which they got; the man was Booth's son. I know Samuel Hunt, he was with us; he was very violent. They formed us into ranks at Storer's we were formed two deep; they
picked out serjeants to command the different divisions. We marched to the bottom of Pentridge then, the Bull Hill they called it ; we were halted then for about a quarter of an hour; I do not know what they were doing. Then we marched a little further to the meeting-house; the captain then ordered a man to fire a gun; there were several of them tried which would not do, and the captain fired his off to let the Ripley and Butterley people know that they were come. I saw James Weightman there, near the meeting-house ; he had a hat full of bullets. Thomas Weightman was in the ranks ; I was next him : he had a pike. I put my hand into the hat and took two or three bullets, and James Weightman said I must not take any, for they should be short enough. Thomas Weightman said, that he and James Weightman had been casting them while we came round by the laneend. We then marched on up the town of Pentridge, towards the top, and we stopped at William Booth's; in our way up the town, they knocked at many doors and demanded arms. At William Booth's they fetched a poney out; they put Mr. Storer on the poney, but he was ill and fell off: George Weightman then got on and rode off, and I saw no more of him till we got to Langley-mill. He road off in the direction to Nottingham. We went down the town again and went right for Butterley ; when we got there they wheeled us round and knocked at the furnace gate ; this was Mr. Jessop's Iron Works : Mr, Goodwin came out, and asked the captain what he wanted there ;-he said he wanted his men: Mr. Goodwin said he had men enough unless it is was for a better purpose. Then we were marched round the Works, and then got to the turnpike-road again, and then went directly for Ripley Town-end, where we halted, and shouted three tiines, to let the Heage and Belper people know where we were; there was a party from thence expected to meet us; this was said by the people with me. We then went to Codnor, which is in the turnpike-road to Nottingham; then we went to Langley-mill, to Mr. Raynor's, where they demanded a man and a gun, and a
man was compelled to go; at Langley-mill we saw George Weightman coming towards us in the direction from Not. tingham; he came up, and as he was riding along the ranks several asked him how they were going on at Nottingham, he answered they were going on well, that the soldiers were in the barracks, that the town was taken, and that we should have nothing to do when we got there, but we must march forwards. We marched forwards to Eastwood then, and when we got a little past Eastwood I got away. I think the Prisoner is the man they called Captain, but I cannot swear to his person; he had at that time a big coat on, trowsers, and an apron tied round his middle, and a pistol tucked in.” This is the description other people gave of him—" he had whiskers round over his chin, but he had no beard. William Turner was one of the party, he had a gun; Manchester Turner was there; I do not know what arms he had; Edward Turner was there, he had a long gun; there were two Joseph Weightmans with us; Samuel Ludlam was there, and Samuel Hunt; he had a spike first, and a gun afterwards ; German Buxton was there, he had a gun; William Barker and Alexander Johnson were there, they had both spikes; Joseph Savage had a gun and a pistol;Joseph Topham was there,” and several other persons under indictment and not now on their trial before you.
Henry Hole is the next witness; he lived at Pentridgeland-end'; he says" at nine o'clock on Sunday night, the 8th of June, I saw Samuel Hunt and about seven or eight others standing before the smithy door of George Turner; I had a jug of milk in my hand; Samuel Hunt said you are fetching that for the use of the men at night;' I said "what men;' he said, 'those revolutionists which will come to-night or tomorrow night ;' Hunt and me soon paried, and I saw nothing of him any more. On the night of the 9th, about twenty minutes before twelve o'clock, me and my wife were awoke by some violent blows that came on the door; I got up and opened the window, and cried,'halloo, who's there, what do you want;' they cried, ' we want you to volunteer yourself to go with
us, if you do not come down immediately and open the door we will break the door down and murder you;'I went down and opened the door, and saw four men standing; I knew two of them, Joseph Weightman and Joseph Tophám; I asked where they were going to;' to Nottingham,' they said; I said I could not pretend to go with them, I had no money to carry me there, nor nobody to take care of my family while I was gone; they said I needed no money, I should be kept on roast beef and ale, and there were people fixed to take care of every body's family, who would come in two days or under; they said I had better go with them that night than stop till morning, for they were coming from Yorkshire like a cloud, and would drive all before them, and those that refused to go would be shot. I then dressed myself and went out, and a piké was forced upon me. I said I was not able to carry that pike, if they were going as far as Nottingham; that they must either take it, or I must hurl it down, and one of them took it; we went from my house down to the turnpike-road, and about twenty or thirty yards on the turnpike-road I observed about twenty or thirty men, armed with pikes and guns and other weapons; we first marched to John Sellar's, then to Fletchers; we then went a little further on the turnpike-road, and there we were divided ; I had seen the Prisoner, before we divided, in Fletcher's yard; we were joined there by a party that I understood had been at Mrs. Hepworth’s, and among the rest I observed the Prisoner; I did not know his name; they called him Captain in that party. I also observed in that party, William Turner, Manchester Turner, Isaac Ludlam the elder, William Ludlam, and others; then, afterwards, after we went a little way in the road, the party
divided : the Captain and the biggest part went to a row of houses; the other eight or ten men, and I along with them, went with Samuel Hunt to Samuel Booth's, Manchester Turner had an old-fashioned spear with a handle like an old-fashioned sword; William Turner had a gun; and the rest had guns or pikes. They knocked at Booth's door, and Mr. Booth came to the window; and they demanded